Ally Invest is looking for an experienced Director of Architecture to lead an architecture team and assist in driving continuous improvements across our entire technology stack. This team works toward optimizing our distributed collection of services and web applications that work in concert to provide real-time financial solutions. The ideal talent will have experience working directly with business partners as well as software development and QA teams in an agile environment. The ideal candidate for this role is a high energy, team player looking to come join a group of likeminded individuals to make an impact on the market place. We're looking for people who are as excited and invested in technology as we are here at Ally Invest.
Heads up a team that establishes and leads enterprise class architectural standards across all Ally Invest applications
Facilitates discussions with technical leadership to ensure the architecture of the organization remains aligned with business priorities
Maintains a technology roadmap that helps forecast future state of the technical stack at Ally Invest based on projected growth and the evolution of all applications
Provides recommendations on competitive frameworks and solutions to address application inefficiencies, increase stability, and support scaling efforts
Ensures any new software integrations meet the Invest architectural standards
Subject matter expert in functional and technical specifications.
Maintains open dialogue with other Ally architect groups to ensure all sides have the opportunity to benefit from the research and experiences of the others, including design approaches and software selections
Ensures that any changes or improvements to the integration points between all lines of business are coordinated appropriately to reduce risk
Works toward limiting the need for overlapping technologies
Contributes to technical documentation efforts including any processes that keep documentation updated
Drives engagement and participation in communities of practice to ensure that valuable input is sourced from all invested parties
A Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Systems or other related discipline; or equivalent professional experience.
Extensive experience with enterprise architecture best practices and goals
Comprehensive knowledge of hardware, software, application, and systems engineering
Experience designing, implementing, and consuming APIs
Experience working with Database Systems such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server
Interpersonal and leadership skills - servant leadership, collaboration, facilitation, and negotiation skills
Communication skills - both written and verbal, including being comfortable presenting complex technical information to non-technical audiences
Motivated to seek out solutions to complicated problems
A strong desire to provide an exceptional customer experience through the work you produce
Detail and results oriented and able to prioritize tasks
Able to exercise independent thought and judgment and adapt to new tasks with little notice.
Certified Enterprise Architect Certification preferred: FEAC, BPMN, or ITIL Certification
Additional Desired Knowledge & Skills
Working knowledge of Agile methodologies
Knowledge of or experience working in financial services and/or other regulated environments is a plus
Knowledge of common design patterns and pattern-based development
All candidates must pass credit and criminal background checks to meet Ally and FINRA requirements.
Ally Financial Inc. (NYSE: ALLY) is a leading digital financial services company and a top 25 U.S. financial holding company offering financial products for consumers, businesses, automotive dealers and corporate clients. Ally's legacy dates back to 1919, and the company was redesigned in 2009 with a distinctive brand, innovative approach and relentless focus on its customers. Ally has an award-winning online bank (member FDIC), one of the largest full service auto finance operations in the country, a complementary auto-focused insurance business, a growing digital wealth management and online brokerage platform, and a trusted corporate finance business offering capital for equity sponsors and middle-market companies.
Business Unit/Enterprise Function
Ally Invest, launched in May 2017, is the brokerage and wealth management offering from Ally. The offerings consist of a trading platform for self-directed investors, as well as a suite of automatically managed investment portfolios. The Ally Invest team is responsible for ensuring the technology and service of the platform with a focus on award winning customer service and outstanding user experience.
Total Rewards Information
Ally's compensation program offers market-competitive base pay and bonus pay potential based on achieving personal and company goals. Plus, we have a flexible paid time-off program with an emphasis on work-life balance.
Ally offers a variety of benefits to protect your health and well-being, provide financial security and balance your work-life needs including:
Industry-leading 401K Retirement Savings Plan including Matching and Company Contributions
Comprehensive wellness program with financial incentives designed to help you achieve your best health
Flexible health insurance options including dental and vision
Pre-tax Health Savings Account with generous employer contributions
Pre-tax dependent care and commuter benefits
Other work-life integration benefits including Paid Parental & Caregiver Leave, Adoption Assistance, Back-up Child & Adult/Elder Care, Child Care Discounts, Tuition Reimbursement, LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program, Weight Watchers and other employee discount programs
Ally is an Equal Opportunity Employer
We extend equal employment opportunities to qualified applicants and employees on an equal basis regardless of an individual's age, race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy status, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic disposition or any other reason protected by law.
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